Salsman Provincial Park
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Introduction

Salsman Provincial Park is a stunning provincial park set on a small peninsula in Country Harbour, Nova Scotia. With a campground overlooking the harbor and the river, it’s a scenic spot to enjoy family-style camping, picnicking, fishing, and more in the great outdoors.

The park has all of the recreational facilities you’ll need for a relaxing family vacation. With a boat launch area and an unsupervised beach, much of the activity here is water-based. Particularly when the weather reaches over 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius) in the peak summer season. Bring your own watercraft to enjoy on the river, or launch a canoe or kayak and paddle along the shoreline.

The campsites are suitable for tent and RV camping with a few walk-in sites available. Most of the sites are grassy and have a view of the water. The campsites can be reserved online in advance but if you decide to try your luck without a booking, there are self-check-in kiosks you can use when you get there to book a campsite.

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Transportation in Salsman Provincial Park

Driving

Salsman Provincial Park can be found on a small peninsula off of Highway 316 on the eastern side of Country Harbor, Nova Scotia. The entrance to the park can be found five miles (8 km) north of the ferry at Isaac’s Harbor.

Once within the park, campers should respect the nine-mile (15 km) an hour speed limit. Parking is available within the park and there is tow vehicle parking available near the boat launch area.

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Campgrounds and parking in Salsman Provincial Park

Campsites in Salsman Provincial Park

Reservations camping

Campground

Salsman Provincial Park is home to a family campground with 40 open unserviced campsites for tents and RVs or trailers up to 40 feet in length. There may be campsites for bigger rigs so call ahead to check. There are no hookups for RVs. Campers can enjoy access to restrooms with flush toilets and showers, a dish washing station, firewood stack, a waste/recycle station, and an RV dump station.

Facilities within the park include a boat launch area, an unsupervised beachfront, and a picnic area with tables and shelters overlooking the river. Wi-Fi is available at the administration building.

Salsman Provincial Park is pet-friendly, but pets need to be kept on a leash at all times. Generators are permitted between the hours of 09:00 and 20:00. Please be respectful of the quiet hours from 10:30 until sunrise.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Salsman Provincial Park

In-Season

Water Recreation

Day visitors and campers alike descend on Salsman Provincial Park in the summer months. With an unsupervised beach and a boat launch area located along the riverfront, the park is a great spot for swimming and a variety of water sports, from sailing and boating to canoeing and kayaking. Please note that there are no lifeguards on duty so swimming here is at your own risk.

Fishing

Anglers will be in their element at Salsman Provincial Park in Nova Scotia. Fish within Country Harbour and the river include speckled trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, and Atlantic salmon. Please note that you will require a Nova Scotia fishing license to fish in the park. As there is a boat launch area, you can enjoy deep-sea fishing from the water or from the shore.

Picnicking

Salsman Provincial Park is a popular picnicking spot in the summer months. Both day visitors and campers alike can make use of the picnic area with picnic tables scattered on a large field near the day-use area. There are also several picnic shelters scattered in the campground and overlooking the water. Kids can enjoy running around, playing ball games and letting off steam on the grass.

Off-Season

Fishing

Salsman Provincial Park in Nova Scotia is a favorite for fishing and angling all year round. The river opposite the campground is home to a variety of fish, from brown trout and speckled trout, to rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon, and fishing in the winter season when the campground is a lot quieter is really relaxing. Please note that you will require a Nova Scotia fishing license to fish in the park. As there is a boat launch area, you can enjoy deep-sea fishing in the harbor or from the shore.

Winter Picnics

With several picnic shelters scattered throughout the park overlooking the harbor, Salsman Provincial Park is a popular picnic spot even in the off season or winter months. Pack a flask of hot chocolate and a few blankets and hang out on the riverfront at this picturesque park. As the off season is a lot quieter, you can often spot some interesting animals and birds in the park so keep your eyes peeled.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Salsman Provincial Park is a great spot for canoeing and kayaking along the river all year long. With a boat launch area within the park, you can easily bring your own watercraft from home and launch it into the river from the campground. As the park is much quieter during the off season, your chance of spotting wildlife and birdlife is pretty good. So, don't forget to bring your binoculars!

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